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Harold Bronson

Harold Bronson

Harold Bronson

Doug’s Clothes

It was while I attended a Knack performance in August, 1998, at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, that I appreciated Doug’s sartorial dedication to the 1960s. He was wearing a blazer that was similar to the burgundy, striped-velvet jacket that George Harrison displayed at the Sgt. Pepper launch party in 1967.

Many of us who were fans of the British rock groups of the Sixties because of the music they made, also envied their classy and imaginative dress. The way the Beatles appeared on the back of their Revolver album was the standard to which all groups should have aspired to dress. Rather than becoming slovenly, or given to relaxed hippie or grunge garb, Doug, even in his later years, was one of the few who kept that standard alive. As part of his wardrobe, he had jackets and shirts, many custom made, that would have fit comfortably for a stroll down King’s Road or a rest at the Speakeasy club in London’s Swinging Sixties, as much as they were uniquely contemporary.

As much as I liked Doug as a person, and enjoyed his songwriting and musical performances, like many quoted here, I thought his dedication in this area was also part of his personality. He dressed like a Beatles fan-cum-rock star.

Harold Bronson, an early Knack fan, first met Doug and Berton when Capitol Records hired him to interview the group as “My Sharona” was climbing the charts. In 1998, as the co-founder of Rhino Records, he signed the Knack and executive produced their Zoom album, which is considered the best newly recorded album released by the label.

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  • Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis

    My wife and I watched in awe as Doug and the Knack blew the roof off of the jammed House of Blues on Sunset a few years back

  • Berton Averre

    Berton Averre

    I'll always remember Doug as he was in the writing room. And he was great.

  • Bruce Ravid

    Bruce Ravid

    They say a guy never forgets his first, and that's certainly true for an A&R guy and his first signing. My first was The Knack. I got to be part of something truly spectacular at the time,

  • Pamela Des Barres

    Pamela Des Barres

    I remember one gorgeous night when he picked up my old Gibson and serenaded me with every Beatle song I asked him to sing. It was breathtakingly beautiful, etched in my heart for eternity.

  • Jeff Lynne

    Jeff Lynne

    I always enjoyed jamming with Doug, it seemed like he knew the chords to every song ever written,
    you could never catch him out.

  • Wayne Kramer

    Wayne Kramer

    There’s a photo of Doug on his website as a young boy with his Hofner bass. In my memory, that’s the fellow I met at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit...

  • Bruce Kulick

    Bruce Kulick

    Doug thankfully loved the track... Jeremy and I were stoked and when the recording session was to happen, Doug was in and out of the studio in an hour! Total pro.

  • Robert Greenfield

    Robert Greenfield

    One day, Doug called to ask if I wanted to be in a band. (I remember when Doug used to call me his voice was so high, I thought it was a girl.) Sky was born.

  • Don Was

    Don Was

    doug fieger burst into my life on the first day of 8th grade, september 1965... he'd been expelled from a private school... and seemed determined to wave his freak flag high...

  • Elliot Easton

    Elliot Easton

    Doug was my best friend. There are only a small handful of people in this world who even know what the hell I'm talking about in all matters of life and pop culture.

  • Ringo Starr

    Ringo Starr

    Doug Fieger was a friend. Peace and Love, Ringo.

  • Brian McNelis

    Brian McNelis

    It is really because of Doug that I started playing guitar. Guitar is always something I thought I could never do. So at 42 years old, I thought, maybe I can do this...

  • Sherman Allen

    Sherman Allen

    One night, Doug sent me off into the night with a Gretsch White Falcon. Now, I'm five foot six on a good day, so it never crossed my mind to play a 17" hollowbody. I'd never used a Bigsby in my life.

  • William Stout

    William Stout

    I loved The Knack, Doug's writing and his onstage persona. It turned out, unknown to me, that he was a huge fan of my art.

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